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La Sagrada Familia – Outside…

by on Dec.28, 2017, under Life, Photography

We’d spend the afternoon visiting Antonio Gaudi’s masterpiece La Sagrada Familia. I’d pre-booked tickets for both entry and also to go up the Nativity Towers.

Standing Tall

Standing Tall

NIKON D750 + 13.0 mm f/2.8 @ 13 mm, 1/25 sec at f/8, ISO 100

This is the largest unfinished Roman Catholic church in world, and in November 2010 Pope Benedict XVI consecrated and proclaimed it a minor basilica.

La Sagrada Familia

La Sagrada Familia

NIKON D750 + 13.0 mm f/2.8 @ 13 mm, 1/25 sec at f/5.6, ISO 100

Note: These photographs (especially the wider shots) look much better when larger. To see larger versions in an inline overlay slideshow gallery viewer click any of the images.

In 1882, construction of Sagrada Família started under architect Francisco Paula de Villar. In 1883, when Villar resigned, Gaudí took over as chief architect, transforming the project with his architectural and engineering style, combining Gothic and curvilinear Art Nouveau forms. Gaudí devoted the remainder of his life to the project, and at the time of his death at age 73 in 1926, less than a quarter of the project was complete.

NIKON D750 + 13.0 mm f/2.8 @ 13 mm, 1/10 sec at f/5.6, ISO 12800

Relying solely on private donations, Sagrada Familia’s construction progressed slowly and was interrupted by the Spanish Civil War, only to resume intermittent progress in the 1950s.

NIKON D750 + 13.0 mm f/2.8 @ 13 mm, 1/25 sec at f/5.6, ISO 100

Since commencing construction in 1882, advancements in technologies such as computer aided design and computerised numerical control (CNC) have enabled faster progress and construction passed the midpoint in 2010.

NIKON D750 + 13.0 mm f/2.8 @ 13 mm, 1/20 sec at f/5.6, ISO 100

However, some of the project’s greatest challenges remain, including the construction of ten more spires, each symbolising an important Biblical figure in the New Testament.

NIKON D750 + 13.0 mm f/2.8 @ 13 mm, 1/40 sec at f/5.6, ISO 100

It is anticipated that the building could be completed by 2026 — the centenary of Gaudí’s death.

NIKON D750 + 13.0 mm f/2.8 @ 13 mm, 1/60 sec at f/5.6, ISO 100

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